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In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes

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Bright blue neon in an empty Witte de Withstraat. Where are the people? Too busy becoming famous somewhere else  I guess. I took the opportunity to take a photo without someone on it. This way no one will become famous through my blog. Below you can read what Wikipedia has to say about the quote.

The expression is a paraphrase of Andy Warhol’s 1968 statement: “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”  In 1979 Warhol reiterated his claim: “…my prediction from the Sixties finally came true: In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” Becoming bored with continually being asked about this particular statement, Warhol attempted to confuse interviewers by changing the statement variously to “In the future 15 people will be famous” and “In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.”

Warhol’s comment and the insight it expressed emerged from his own fascination with fame and celebrities. His view of the media was that they could enable any person to become famous. Warhol’s own shifting entourage of otherwise undistinguished hangers-on in the ’60s and ’70s, whom he dubbed his “Superstars,” exemplified his idea of ephemeral, disposable celebrity.

The age of reality television has seen the comment wryly updated as: “In the future, everyone will be obscure for 15 minutes.”

The British artist Banksy has made a sculpture of a TV that has, written on its screen, “In the future, everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes.”

A more recent adaptation of Warhol’s quip, possibly prompted by the rise of online social networking, blogging, and similar online phenomena, is the claim that “In the future, everyone will be famous to fifteen people” (or, in some renditions, “On the Web, everyone will be famous to fifteen people”). This quote, though attributed to David Weinberger, was said to have originated with the Scottish artist Momus.

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December 18, 2009 at 3:49 pm

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